A lot of people, when undertaking the journey towards a less sugary & processed life, have a harder time with the liquids than the solids. I’m talking, of course, about what we drink. Nearly everyone knows that we get far too many calories from the beverages we consume, & god knows the HFCS lacing all those soft drinks are a metabolic nightmare. Ideally, you should be drinking only water, tea, & the occassional coffee, but switching from regular coke, or even coke zero, can be difficult. Many people don’t like the bitterness of black or even tea without sugar, but if you find yourself sweetening your tea, well then, what’s the point?
Enter your new friend: herbal tea. Especially when consumed ice cold, I think you’ll find the delicate sweetness of herbal tea exactly what your looking for! Iced peppermint tea, in particular, is a wonderfully refreshing on a hot summer day, & these three herbals that I’ve chosen are staples in my (rather large) tea stockpile. What can I say? I’m a tea junkie.
Now, I realize that these are all Tazo teas, which you may or may not know is the Starbucks tea brand, but rest assured that I purchase tea from a variety of companies. These three just happen to be quite delicious!
Berryblossom White: Although technically not an herbal tea, as this is white tea, I think you’ll find the sweetness from the berries the perfect all-around drink whenever you’d like. There’s a hint of a floral undertone that pairs well with the cranberry & blueberry flavors. I don’t suggest drinking this hot, as I can never seem to catch the steep in time before it goes bitter, but iced, it’s simply perfect.
Passion: Nary a drop of caffiene, there are a LOT of flavors in this delicious “herbal infusion”. If you’ve ever had a passion tea lemonade at your local starbucks, this is the tea that brings all the magic to that drink. This is sweet all on it’s own thanks to the variety of herbs within (hibiscus flowers, orange peel, rosehips, cinnamon, lemongrass, licorice, red poppy), so it’ll curb your craving for something sweet with breakfast.
Wild Sweet Orange: Lemongrass, citrus herbs, licorice, & orange essence make this tea the sweetest of the bunch. Just as all herbal teas, it’s caffeine-free. I’ve seen this for sale outside of an actual Starbucks, but it’s definitely worth trying if you’re having trouble finding something other than water to drink.
Any other suggestions for naturally sweet teas? I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments!